Artisan Support - The Art of Bundi Minitiatures by Soni Gopal
An initiative to support artisan families of Kaisori. We are featuring the work of Soni Gopal - a master of the Bundi miniature paintings for the last 35 years.
Bundi painting is an important school of the Rajasthani style of Indian miniature painting that originated in the princely state of Bundi, located between Jaipur and Udaipur. The blend of Mughal and Deccani art elements in Bundi style are unique. Bundi paintings excelled in its illustrations of Krishna-Lila and Rasikapriya. Besides these the other themes that these paintings depict are Nayaka- Nayika Bheda, Baramasa, Harem or Zanana, Hunting and Portraits.
These miniature paintings are crafted with meticulous details and brushwork .These vibrant works of art are painted with colors that are essentially made from minerals and vegetables, precious stones, as well as pure silver and gold. They showcase the flora and fauna of the beauty of the Bundi forests with Ragini as the central theme. Ragini is a representation of various avatars of Ragas amidst seasons and changing landscapes of Bundi For instance, the flowing rivers, dense forests, lush green fields of Bundi region, dramatic night skies, a distinctive way of depicting water by light swirls against a dark background, and vivid movement. They were a blend of ‘real’ and ‘imagined’. The Mughal influence is visible in the refined drawing of the faces and an element of naturalism in the treatment of the trees.
The paintng stye is inspired by the Bundi Chitrashala paintings which were originally commissioned by Hadoti Rajputs.